St. Pius Home to 2011 Corner

St. Pius X corner Kolby Griffin is quickly becoming a prospect in the class of 2011 that is catching the eye of every college recruiter through the Houston area private school. At 5-11, 178-pounds with long arms and a competitive spirit, it's easy to see why. Burnt Orange Beat was at St.Pius to look at Griffin in person and talk to the talented sophomore.

St. Pius X High in Houston will field one of the more talented private school teams in the state of Texas in 2009 featuring future Texas Longhorn Greg Daniels at defensive end and three other juniors that will sign with Football Bowl Subdivision programs in 2010. The talent only begins in the junior class.

Rising sophomore Kolby Griffin has quickly become one of the top prospects at the TAPPS program. The brash, confident, cocky, talented and most importantly, competitive corner back is turning heads.

Griffin has the size at nearly 5-11, the proportioned frame that currently carries 178 pounds, foot quickness, toughness, soft hands, arm length and speed (recently hand timed 4.41) that college coaches are drawn to. Throw in the fact that Griffin is still just 15 years old, is a former running back and is a quality student and he has a skill set to be nationally recruited in 2011.

Griffin, who would have attended CyRidge if he had chosen public school, said on Tuesday night he didn't know what to expect coming to St. Pius X, but has been pleasantly surprised even with the position change.

"When I first came to Pius in the spring (of 2008), I didn't expect to be a cornerback," Griffin said. "I've been a running back and on offense my whole life. At first, it was difficult because I didn't put my heart into it. When I began to like playing defense that changed. Now I love the position and defense. I couldn't imagine playing on offense at this point."

Griffin, who doesn't turn 16 until October 13, has high expectations for the team in 2009 after making the playoffs a year ago.

"Right now, our only focus is to win state. Every year at Pius, we have extreme expectations. Last year we made the playoffs, but that's not good enough," Griffin said.

On the recruiting front, the sleek sophomore is already receiving recruiting attention from a number of programs and that includes his long time favorite.

"I haven't been to any campus on unofficial visits, yet, but I'm getting mail from Northwestern, UT, Baylor, Kansas and UTEP. I will be attending camps at all of those places this summer hopefully. The University of Texas has always been my favorite school. In fact, the bed sheets and curtains in my room are all UT," Griffin said.

Griffin has football in the bloodlines. He had an uncle that played at Oregon State and his cousin is former Houston and Oakland Raider Jermaine Williams.

Joining Griffin in a talented 2011 class at St. Pius X is receiver Lord-Byron Canon (6-3, 175, 4.6), defensive tackle Tomas Mackey (6-4, 245) and DE/LB Michael Mitchell (6-2.5, 210).

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